A global buyer has contracted with Rheinmetall to modernize its 35mm cannon-based air defence programs. The order additionally consists of ammunition and different elements for the modernized Skyguard air defence batteries. Work will begin in 2023. This can allow the nation to guard itself and its very important belongings from a variety of aerial threats, together with small unmanned aerial programs. The contract is of nice significance to Rheinmetall. It not solely strengthens a strategic buyer relationship that has existed for many years, but additionally underscores the excessive diploma of confidence in Rheinmetall’s world-leading experience within the area of ground-based air defence.

Oerlikon Skyguard Air Defence System. (Picture by Rheinmetall)


Rheinmetall Italia is dealing with the order. The contract is price a determine within the low three-digit million-euro vary. Rheinmetall is upgrading the client’s 35mm twin weapons, bringing them as much as the newest Oerlikon GDF009 customary, which will probably be able to utilizing AHEAD airburst ammunition. The Oerlikon GDF or Oerlikon 35 mm twin cannon is a towed anti-aircraft gun made by Oerlikon Contraves (renamed as Rheinmetall Air Defence AG following the merger with Rheinmetall in 2009). AHEAD (Superior Hit Effectivity And Destruction) is an anti-missile rounds that fireplace 152 heavy tungsten steel sub-projectiles which explodes at a pre-calculated level in entrance of the goal.

 Oerlikon 35mm twin-cannon GDF 009 Oerlikon 35mm Twin-cannon GDF 009. (Picture by Rheinmetall)

Skyguard is a typical fireplace unit consists of two twin 35 mm gun platforms with a single Skyguard fireplace management radar. Skyguard programs can even incorporate an non-compulsory surface-to-air missile (SAM) module. The GDF-009 mannequin relies on a four-wheeled carriage, and is raised off the bottom by three stabilisers when deployed within the firing place. It additionally options an automated levelling system that may compensate for a most tilt angle of as much as 7°.Mounted on the ahead a part of the carriage is the built-in battery, which features because the gun’s energy provide unit and will be recharged from an exterior supply if required. Unveiled at IDEF 2015, held in Might 2015 in Istanbul.

Skyguard III FCU Fire Control Unit Oerlikon Skyguard Hearth Management Unit (FCU). (Picture by Rheinmetall)

Rheinmetall is likely one of the world’s main producers of superior air defence programs. In automated cannon-based air defence, the corporate is the market chief and the one complete programs provider of fireplace management know-how, automated cannons, built-in guided missiles and Forward airburst ammunition. Air surveillance programs and AESA radar know-how, highly effective sensor know-how and high-energy laser effectors spherical off its product portfolio. Rheinmetall AG is a German automotive and arms producer, headquartered in Düsseldorf, Germany. Its shares are traded on the Frankfurt inventory trade.